I'm a huge fan of Dr Who, but not a big fan of Russell Davies I've decided. Quite frankly, he's a hack. Looking back on the past 3 years the episodes I've liked are: "The Empty Child", "The Doctor Dances", "The Girl in the Fireplace", "The Shakespeare Code" and "Blink". Which tells me that the writers who work for me are Steven Moffat and maybe Gareth Roberts, who has only done one episode but it was about Shakespeare in a wild and exuberant way so he may be good or he might just have struck a cord.
Note that none of these are penned by Russell Davies. In fact the episodes that I mostly hated ("Bad Wolf", "The Parting of the Ways", "Army of Ghosts", "Doomsday", "New Earth" and all that Master stuff) were written by him. I can also fairly say that I'd avoid Helen Raynor and that while Paul Cornell might be able to write good SF tv, I don't like his doctor.
Looking at series 4 I see that Gareth Roberts is doing the Agatha Christie episode, which makes me happy. Also that Steven Moffat is down for two episodes that are "TBA". I may, whim takes me, see the Pompeii episode, if it gets good buzz.
In other Dr Who discussion, this infograph, Doctor Who: Revolutionary Or Tool Of The Man?
is pretty cool. Though for ease of use I wish it had shown the doctor's on it. Its interesting to me that the 4th Doctor, who I think of as most anti-establishment, is mostly in the conservative era (I'm not surprised by the 3rd, his stories mostly happen in the present).